Australian News and Analysis

La Trobe Uni management pushing more cuts

La Trobe Uni management pushing more cuts

Australian News and Analysis April 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

La Trobe University is set to slash funding by $65 million as part of a “root and branch” restructure of the entire university. The cuts, announced in late February by Vice Chancellor John Dewar, will have a devastating impact. 350 full-time staff are set to lose their jobs. Thousands of [...]

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Queensland: Worst drought on record

Queensland: Worst drought on record

Australian News and Analysis April 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Queensland is suffering its worst drought on record. The number of drought stricken shires in the state has risen from 23 to 38 with even large sections of the coast being included. By Aishwarya Ramji, Socialist Party The Abbott government’s response has been to announce a $320 million drought support [...]

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NSW: Lock out laws no solution

NSW: Lock out laws no solution

Australian News and Analysis April 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

In late January, the O’Farrell Liberal government in NSW passed new ‘lock out’ laws which will supposedly serve as a panacea to alcohol fuelled violence. By Simone Howard, Socialist Party Patrons in Kings Cross and CBD clubs now face 1.30am lockouts and last drinks at 3am. New mandatory sentencing laws [...]

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Rinehart’s attack on welfare

Rinehart’s attack on welfare

Australian News and Analysis April 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

In the most recent issue of Australian Resources and Investment, mining magnate Gina Rinehart takes aim at welfare recipients for seeking modest assistance claiming that they are making Australia unsustainable by decreasing productivity and increasing government debt. By Socialist Party reporters Perth Rinehart, worth at least $22 billion, argues that [...]

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O’Farrell resigns as NSW premier

O’Farrell resigns as NSW premier

Australian News and Analysis April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

The New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell, resigned from his position this week as it was proven that he lied to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). It was revealed that he had in fact accepted a $3000 bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange wine as a gift despite going on [...]

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Big business greed behind East-West Link

Big business greed behind East-West Link

Australian News and Analysis April 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

The campaign against the East-West tunnel in Melbourne is entering a new phase. With the pickets against the preliminary drilling over for now, it is imperative that the campaign draw wider layers of people in. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party The community pickets against the preliminary drilling kept the controversial [...]

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5000 jobs set to go at Qantas

5000 jobs set to go at Qantas

Australian News and Analysis April 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

Qantas announced plans to slash 5000 jobs during March in a ruthless offensive aimed at clawing back $2 billion over the next three years. This is an attempt to make workers pay for the losses management have overseen since 2011. Job losses and reduced conditions are not inevitable, however the [...]

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NSW: Coal drivers dispute

NSW: Coal drivers dispute

Australian News and Analysis April 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

Some 200 coal train drivers in the Hunter have been in dispute with their employer, Aurizon. Their union, the Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU), announced last month that a breakthrough had been reached following protracted negotiations. Whilst details of the proposed deal are still sketchy, the RBTU said an [...]

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The Biennale boycott and lessons for refugee activists

The Biennale boycott and lessons for refugee activists

Australian News and Analysis April 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

Last month refugee rights advocates celebrated a small victory when Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, CEO of Transfield Holdings, was successfully pressured into resigning as chairman of the Biennale of Sydney. His departure, and Transfield’s defunding of the arts event, was the direct result of pressure from refugee rights activists and the threat [...]

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SA & Tas: No enthusiasm for any of the mainstream parties

SA & Tas: No enthusiasm for any of the mainstream parties

Australian News and Analysis April 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

South Australia and Tasmania held state elections on Saturday March 15. South Australia has been governed by the ALP since 2002 while Tasmania had been governed by the ALP since 1998 and then by an ALP/Greens coalition since 2010. In South Australia the result was very close with the ALP [...]

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